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Rookie third-round pick RB Trey Sermon signs a four-year rookie contract with the San Fransisco 49ers.
Sermon lacked opportunity early in his career at Oklahoma, but when he transferred to Ohio State, he shined. He had 524 yards and three touchdowns in his final two games as a Buckeye on big stages. Sermon is a high-level talent and is currently being drafted as RB37. He is a great value in drafts, especially for managers using their high picks on WRs and TEs. Kyle Shanahan uses an RB by committee approach, but he has used players like Steve Slaton, Alfred Morris and Devonta Freeman in bell-cow roles.
San Francisco 49ers RB Trey Sermon could make an impact as a rookie after an impressive pass-catching display during OTAs and minicamps, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.
The former Ohio State running back was drafted with the 88th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, signaling that Kyle Shanahan liked Sermon's skill set and size within his run-centric offense. Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert are both dealing with knee injuries, which has opened the path for Sermon to contribute early and often. He has impressed with his pass-catching ability out of the backfield and will look to keep the momentum going into training camp and pre-season. Sermon is currently the RB41 in half-PPR formats and could return great value if he continues to be drafted in the ninth round of redraft leagues.
So far, so good for 49ers rookie running back Trey Sermon. The Ohio State product and dual-threat back has looked impressive during OTAs and shown he can have a smooth transition to the NFL. With Raheem Mostert seeing limited reps and Jeff Wilson Jr. out with an injury, Sermon was given first-team work immediately upon the commencement of OTAs. Head coach Kyle Shanahan believes getting these key reps early in the program will "set Sermon up for success," according to Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports.
Chan also noted that Sermon "is even more prepared than most rookies entering the league having watched quite a bit of 49ers game film prior to being drafted." When transferring to Ohio State, which runs an outside zone scheme, Sermon spent time studying Shanahan's system more than any other pro scheme. In addition to his increased reps and familiarity with the system, Sermon was taking both passes and handoffs from Jimmy Garoppolo. This added value can only help his status in the backfield competition.
The San Francisco 49ers have selected RB Trey Sermon with the No. 88 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Ohio State RB Trey Sermon is the latest addition to the revamped San Francisco offense, following the selections of QB Trey Lance and G Aaron Banks. The 49ers traded up with the Rams to secure the big-bodied running back. The 22-year old Sermon, a transfer from Oklahoma, was dominating at the end of the 2020 season for the Buckeyes, rattling off over 600 yards and four touchdowns in a three-game stretch, including a win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff. He suffered a shoulder injury to impede his dominance on the field but he will have ample opportunity to thrive under Kyle Shanahan and the motion-heavy run-centric offense he deploys. Injuries are of some concern but a deep running back room that includes Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and JaMychal Hasty will allow him to maintain fresh legs and hopefully avoid any future setbacks. Sermon's patient running style is reminiscent of Le'Veon Bell but he also has elite one-cut, north and south running ability and holds quite a bit of value in upcoming rookie dynasty drafts.
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